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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 144
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange that is as clear as the proverbial bell. A vigorous pour results in two fingers of sandstone colored foam that is stiff, micropitting and persistent. Lace formation requires head deflation and that looks to be several minutes away at least.

The hop bill (Cascade, Willamette and Centennial) should result in a whiz-bang of an APA nose. It doesn't though. The aroma is acceptable, it just isn't as hoppy as it could be. Lightly buttery pale malt rides along beneath a subtle citrus peel fruitiness.

Ithaca Pale Ale is deficient in good, solid hop flavor. It definitely isn't deficient is alpha acids; there are plenty of those flying around. I guess that keeps me from blaming the shortage of flavor on the fact that the 'best by' date is next month. I'm not a brewer, but wouldn't adding the hops later in the boil have helped?

I don't get much, if any, butteriness on the palate. Nor do I appreciate caramel (a little on the back end, perhaps). The grain bill is interesting: pale, caramel, wheat and sour. Wheat isn't typical in an APA and what the hell is sour malt? There is sort of a lemon juice sourness, but it's very nearly obliterated by rampaging bitterness and a saliva-suckingly dry finish. This APA is too rough around the edges to be considered better than slightly above average.

The mouthfeel just does manage to grab and hold onto the bottom rung of the style ladder. It's light-medium initially, fading to light (almost watery) on the swallow. More pale malt would fix the majority of this pale ale's problems. Drinkability is only above average if you're a hophead.

Ithaca Beer Company has the right idea (C-hops and lots of them), they just need to massage things a little to come up with a more malty, more hop flavorful beer. I still look forward to drinking the rest of their lineup.

Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a white head when poured but will fiz out.

smell - Some light smells of hops and malt.

taste - Nice balnaced beer of malt and hops with a slight bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Light and carbinated.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, wasn't impressed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is awesome light pale apricot copper tone with a large bubbly thick rocky off white head great retention equals adequate protein content here, lacing of course with some chunky uneven patterns still looks damn good.

Aroma nice malty sweetness with biscuit and apricot qualities that's weird but accurate of what I'm smelling hops that come off real grassy, floral, and with a touch of grapefruit peel also some yeast notes of fruitiness can also be detected very reserved English style pale not a slap you around APA.

Flavor feels proper in the most English sense of the word, with a delicate yet assertive hop profile moderately strong even bitterness with a touch of perfume, grapefruit and grassy earthiness must I say dirt there you go. Malts express themselves minimally here with biscuit pale malt flavors flowing among the hop bitterness still I come back to the perfume comparison even in flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied a trace of hop oil flowing carbonation sturdy maybe even a bit much for this beer oily feel really sticks around on the palate leaving bitter dryness that could feel unpleasant.

Drinkability a decent American brewed English style pale that I'm not crazy about it's not something I would revisit right away but not a beer I found to be bad it's just okay.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. Easily the best of the bunch. Great, light brown color, thick tan head and plentiful carbonation. Subtlely balanced mix of malt and hops in the nose, and the same for the taste. The hops definitely add flavor, but stop short of being overpowering; and the beer tasted really good all the way through the glass--cold or warm. The flavor was both spicy and fruity, without being too much of either. Easily one of the best, most refreshing APAs I've had.

Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good blend of English-esque pale, biscuity malt and American piney hops. I enjoyed the flavors but they were on the whole pretty weak. In the smell I could hardly tell the hops, where as on the tongue there just wasn't much umph to drive the flavors home. I would almost characterize this brew with macro lager drinkability because of its strength, but an enjoyable flavor and brew anyway.

Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light and clear orange-amber color. Decent stubborn finger of foamy head. Quite clear. Leaves just a bit of lace.

Pleasant pale malt. Hoppier than most pales, quite nice, though nothing remarkable; it's good enough.

Flowery, estery *mild* hops. Dry, biscuity malt. It's very ordinary, but a pretty good value.

A nice, dry, slightly bubbly pale. Ordinary, pale as it should be, competent. A good deal overall.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light brown and a bit cloudy. Nice small size head that seems to last for a bit. Smell is a bit light but nutty and earthy. I really expected some hops to come through but I don't really get anything.

The flavor at first, does not remind me of a pale ale. More like a brown ale I would say as the malty-nutty flavors seem to dominate. The hops are really very mild all that way through. The aftertaste does seem to have some hops, but not many. A bit of the citrus-floral notes come through.

It seems like I am bashing this ale but I am not. A well made ale that I would buy again.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

Photo of mobud
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Almost no head, light carbonation with a clear copper color.

S- Very light, but fresh hops smell that was nice after a long day.

T- This beer had a little metallic taste that I do not remember from prior tastings. The hops notes are there, but I was unable to get past the metal taste.

M- Very light mouthfeel with some bitter aftertaste.

D- Other than the off taste, this is abeer that I would try again. It has been a session type beer for my friend and heres hoping that this was a one time issue (or maybe it was me...).

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden yellow topped with a full finger white head fills the glass. the head eventually melts to very thick lacing.

Aroma sweet pale malt and sort of orange peel hops.

Flavor is bright and clean. Sweet pale malt with a crisp citrus peel hop bite on the end.

A very nice refresher.

Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a big sturdy white head. Aroma is creamy malt with hops in the background. Tastes like it smells, creamy malt with nicely balanced hops, grapefruity but not overly so, and a toasty finish. Smooth and drinkable.

A very nice ale.

Photo of HausBrewer
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orange with a slight haze. There is about a finger of head and the carbonation keeps bubbling away as I am looking at it.

S - not much in the aroma, maybe some hops, a little citrusy.

T - a little bit of sweet malt to begin, but moves quickly to a pleasant bitter taste (grapefruit maybe)

M - has some body, but not heavy. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer goes down easy, very satisfying and refreshing.

Photo of capo56
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades away to a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of a caramelized malt with tinge of hops, and also has a citrus taste in the background.
T: The matly taste with a good balance of caramel & citrus flavors. There’s a slight hint of a hops that comes out at the start and some sweetness that apears in the after taste. It’s a very well balanced brew.
M: Crisp and clean with a medium body, dry anda nice clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down real nice and easy.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hi bitterness, like an English bitter. That's good. Good sized White head on yellow body. There is citrus taste, caramel, not that balanced but quaffable. Medium or less mouthfeel. One-dimensional hop fix. Buffalo racetrack beerfest. Run-of-the-track.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.32/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper-orange with a slightly hazed clarity. Off-white two-finger head with tremendous staying power and leaves sticky lacing. Floral and grassy american hop nose with toasty crystal malt scent, a faint rose-alcohol in the background; and a whiff of acetone as it warms. Mild sweetness upfront, mostly toasted pale malt and a nice husky flavor that's not too astringent. Drying aftertaste, mild bitterness but manages to balance against the light malt sweetness. Light in body with medium-fine carbonation. Mouthfeel becomes overly grainy and the boozey/oxydized character begins to dominate. Finishes tannic with too much off-flavor showing, but some residual caramel and resinous hop flavor emerges. Beneath the flaws, lies a decent beer.

Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with a big pour head that drops and laces.
Smells piney mostly.
Taste is slightly sweet , a bit of steeliness and a back of the tongue bitter presence througout. Hops are more grapefruit than floral....and well balanced. with the malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation fairly high.
Pretty good drinkable pale ale....not really a favorite style, but I do enjoy one once in a while...this is worth a try.

Photo of Shiloh
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale arrived a cloudy golden yellow with a short head leading to a nice island laced, yet thin crown. The carbonation is very lively throughout the consumption. The aroma has a resinous like quality to it.
The taste has a thin malty/grainy beginning which is short lived and quickly replaced by the hops which keep on "kickin" for the duration.
Mouthfeel of a full bodied and smooth pale ale.
A very nice beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass, as my night of APA’s continues.

A: The beer is a light orange-gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt with hints of hops, citrus and spice in the background.

T: The taste is on the malty side with flavors of caramel & citrus. There’s a mild hops character that comes out next and sticks around with a little bit of residual sweetness in the after-taste. It’s pretty decently balanced as well.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, this is a good beer to pound, but I might look for something with a little more of a kick and a bit more flavor.

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber color with creamy white head. Great retention and attractive lacing noted.
Smell is strongly of hops, both grassy and piney. Very nice.
Taste also shows a strong hoppiness with some bready maly in the background.
Finished moderately dry with some light malt present.
Well made beer, easy drinkability. Would be nice to session.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: A pale gold color with a bone-white head that dissipated slowly and left a thin, scattered but bubbly cap.

Nose: A brown sugar like-sweet malt>with an herbal, earthy, hop scent. A very complex hoppieness overall on the nose.

Taste: The taste is a hearty, mildly sweet malt flavor that quickly becomes over-run by an earthy, herbal, spicey and leafy hop flavor that never gets a bitter edge. Nice balance between the malted backbone and the big Hop flavors.

MF: Crisp, clean and lively just like a good Pale ale should be. This has a medium bodied feel that seems to mellow out dramatically over time.

DA: good for the style, easy enought to drink.

Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have had the Ithaca Pale Ale, which is sad since I live in New York. The brew pours to a golden amber color with a slight cloudiness. Has a very nice sized light tan head that leaves chunky lace at the top of the glass and sheets down the sides. The aroma is nice, strong floral hop scent for this Pale Ale with a malt backing that is very noticeable even though it seems to be a little over powered by the hops. The taste is very smooth, excellent flavors of caramel mixed with a sweet bread dough flavor then breaking away to a strong citrus hop finish. This brew had a nice quality to it, a brew that you could sit down with for an evening. Glad that I finally gave it a try!

Photo of RPG
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice head, copper hue. Moderate head retention.

Nose: fruity, banana?, hint of pine.

Taste: more of same. Doesn't seem complex, but nice hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems good. Smooth.

Drinkability: May I have another? Too bad I only got one.

Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy head. Aroma of malty graininess with a fruity overtone. Creamy mouthfeel is pleasant on the palate. Taste is mostly malt with a nice balance of citrusy hops though the hops don't take the center stage here. Easy drinking brew with good flavor, I could easily drink a few of these. Solid in the field of average pale ales, but not a superstar.

Photo of LucaBrasi
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a golden copper color with a thin white head, tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell was lightly grassy with a hit of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a medium hoppy feel.

Mouthfeel is smooth crisp and refreshing at first but finishes with a slightly oily feel.

Drinkability is good. I was happy with this beer.

Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 06/30/06. Review from notes.

A: Perfect copper color with an initial two finger frothy white head. Quick to dissipate with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Slight lace.
S: Floral hop notes with a grassyness to it. Grapefruit in there also. Caramel earthy malt background.
T/M: Grassy earthy hop flavor mixed with floral notes. Biscuity malt and slight caramel malt background combines well with the hops. Smooth, coating, and refreshing in the mouth. Slight bitterness with a semi dryness that hits at the finish. Light body. More malty than hoppy.
D: Drinkable but there are better pale ales out there. Good carbonation with an average overall taste. Worth a try.

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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.